Network have announced two further titles in their ongoing 'The British Film' collection with a common central character, the 1934 The Scarlet Pimpernel and its 1937 sequel, The Return of the Scarlet Primpernel.
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Every bit the foppish English gentleman, Sir Percy Blakeney's foolish demeanour is a mere cover to conceal his true identity as the 'Scarlet Pimpernel' – daring saviour of French aristocrats during Robespierre's Reign of Terror. With the villainous Chauvelin desperate to track him down, a plan is soon put into action which threatens the life and liberty of Sir Percy's beautiful wife in the hope of putting paid to the Pimpernel's exploits once and for all.
Starring Oscar-nominee Leslie Howard (Gone With The Wind, Pygmalion) as the legendary master of disguise in Harold Young’s thrilling take on Baroness Orczy's classic adventure story.
Also featuring Oscar-nominees Merle Oberon (Wuthering Heights, Berlin Express) and Raymond Massey (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, East of Eden), the film is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
The Scarlet Pimpernel will be released on UK DVD on 15th August 2016 at the RRP of £9.99, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.
The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel
Sir Percy – alias the Scarlet Pimpernel – is being pressured by his wife, Marguerite, to retire from his daring escapades. The French still want the Pimpernel's head, however, and so set a trap for him involving the bold rescue of a Spanish actress and her lover.
The sequel to the hugely successful The Scarlet Pimpernel, this Alexander Korda-produced follow-up stars Barry K. Barnes (This Man Is News) as the enigmatic saviour of aristocrats during the Revolutionary Terror.
The final film directed by Austrian émigré Hanns Schwartz (Murder For Sale), The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel also stars Oscar-nominee James Mason (A Star Is Born), Sophie Stewart (Things To Come), and Francis Lister (Mutiny on the Bounty) as Sir Percy's ruthless arch-enemy, Chauvelin.
The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel will be released on UK DVD on 15th August 2016 at the RRP of £9.99, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.